Jim Kelly Cards, Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabila Guide

Jim Kelly

Date of Birth: 2/14/1960
Rookie Card Year: 1984
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Jim Kelly was a terrific quarterback in both the USFL and NFL. He helped lead the small-market Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, all of his Super Bowl appearances were losses for the Bills and, despite Kelly's stellar career, his mainstream reputation is mostly associated with those losses. Kelly was named to four Pro Bowls over his 11 NFL seasons and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. To this day, Jim Kelly cards remain popular among collectors.

Although he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL Draft, Kelly decided to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. Therefore, Kelly's first rookie card was included in the 1984 Topps USFL set. This remains one of the top Jim Kelly cards. Due to it's lower production run and the roster of players included, collectors have shown great interest in the product. Joining Kelly in the USFL set were fellow rookies Steve Young, Herschel Walker and Reggie White. Kelly made his NFL card debut in 1987 Topps Football after joining the Bills, who retained his NFL rights.

Jim Kelly is a typical name included in the "greatest to never win a Super Bowl" discussion. Because of this perceived failure, Kelly has limited hobby value, despite his Hall of Fame production. The University of Miami alumnus is not even the top option from the 1983 NFL Draft, falling in behind John Elway and Dan Marino, another great player that was unable to claim a Super Bowl win. Although he was a great player and is revered in the Buffalo area, Kelly is not a player to invest in expecting sizable gains. Despite this, Jim Kelly cards make a great addition to any football collection and should maintain solid value over time.

Jim Kelly Rookie Card Checklist

1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly RC #36

Technically not a true NFL rookie card, the 1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly is still the top option for collectors. The patriotic-themed card shows an action shot of Kelly and sheds light on an interesting time in the history of football when top talent still joined the NFL's competition. This will always be considered one of the best Jim Kelly cards.

1987 Topps Jim Kelly RC #362

1987 Topps Football showcases Kelly's first official NFL rookie card and features a simple design. The card can be found online for as little as just a few bucks and as much as $20-30 for one in mint condition.

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2010 Certified Fabric of the Game #75 Jim Kelly Jersey 239 250
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Jim Kelly 2014 National Treasures Prime Signings Auto 08 15 Buffalo Bills
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1985 Topps USFL Set Break MINT #45 Jim Kelly HoF Rookie RC 45181
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2006 JIM KELLY UD LEGENDS AUTOGRAPH LEGENDARY SIGNATURES BUFFALO BILLS HOF
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2011 JIM KELLY EXQUISITE DIMENSIONS AUTOGRAPH HURRICANES BUFFALO BILLS HOF
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2004 JIM KELLY FLEER EX SIGNINGS OF THE TIMES JERSEY AUTOGRAPH 05 50 BILLS HOF
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2007 JIM KELLY THURMAN THOMAS CO-SIGNERS DUAL AUTOGRAPH 04 10 BUFFALO BILLS
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2006 JIM KELLY TOPPS NFL8306 AUTOGRAPH 17 50 BUFFALO BILLS HALL OF FAME
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2004 JIM KELLY FLEER EX SIGNINGS OF THE TIMES JERSEY AUTOGRAPH 21 23 BILLS HOF
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1987 topps #362 JIM KELLY buffalo bills rookie card BGS 9 (9 9.5 9.5 9)
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2012 LIMITED PATCH AUTO JIM KELLY 16 6 10 LOW HOF QB
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1987 TOPPS FOOTBALL WAX BOX " JIM KELLY ROOKIE" NO X OUT
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2003 Ultimate Collection Game Jersey Duals #UDJKB Jim Kelly Bledsoe 207 250
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2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS JIM KELLY G U JERSEY CARD 85 150
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JIM KELLY 1987 Topps #362 ROOKIE HOF Bills PSA 9
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Autograph Guide

Jim Kelly Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jim Kelly's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, Upper Deck Authentic and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Jim Kelly Cut Signature Exemplar



Jim Kelly Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jim Kelly signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Jim Kelly Signature Characteristics

  1. The signature is written on a slightly elevated plane of about 15 degrees.
  2. The letter "J" is legible and pronounced, no other letters of the first name are present.
  3. The pen lifts to start the letter "K" which is roughly of equal size to the "J."
  4. The "K" contains two lines, the first is slightly curved with a small curl at the top; the second creates a small loop and forms the up and down strokes of the "K."
  5. The letter's "e-l-l" look nearly identical, as small cursive "e"'s with open loops.
  6. The letter "y" is implied by the down stroke off of the second ""l" and a small line to the left.
  7. The last name is "underlined" with a fish hook shaped line.

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JIM KELLY Signed "HOF 02" Buffalo Bills PROLINE AUTHENTIC Helmet Autograph JSA
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JIM KELLY Signed "HOF 02" Buffalo Bills Jersey Autograph JSA Size 52 X- Large
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JIM KELLY Signed "HOF 02" Buffalo Bills Jersey Autograph JSA Size 48 Medium
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JIM KELLY Signed "HOF 02" Buffalo Bills Jersey Autograph JSA Size 50 Large
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JIM KELLY Signed 1984 Topps USFL Rookie Card #36 Autograph PSA DNA
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JIM KELLY Signed 1987 Topps ROOKIE Card #362 Autograph PSA DNA Buffalo Bills
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JIM KELLY Signed "HOF 02" Buffalo Bills Full Size Helmet Autograph JSA Witness
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Jim Kelly Bills Autographed Signed Custom Jersey GAI Certification
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Jim Kelly & Thurman Thomas Signed Full Size Rep Bills Helmet PSA ITP #6A33319
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Jim Kelly Signed Dollar General NASCAR 8x10 Photo Driver Card - JSA COA - RARE!!
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Jim Kelly Signed 1993 Skybox Kelly's Heroes Magic's Kingdom Card JSA COA
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Jim Kelly Bills HOF 1991 Pro Line Card #1 JSA Signed Auto Autograph
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Jim Kelly USFL GAMBLERS Bills Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo JSA W680401
$139.00

JIM KELLY HAND SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS THROWBACK FULL SIZE HELMET HOF 02 PSA DNA
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Jim Kelly Signed Autographed Miami Hurricanes Full Size Helmet JSA Buffalo Bills
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Jim Kelly Signed Buffalo Bills 8x10 Photo JSA COA
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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  1. I have a ’92 hologram sky box Jim Kelly.
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